Preparation and Prenatal Care
Early Neurological Stimulation
Weaning Setup and Suggestions
Understanding Behavioral Markers
Age Appropriate Games and Exercises
Handling Fear Periods
Creating an Enriching Environment
Puzzles and Problem Solving
Offering Good Behaviors & Manding
Emotional Resiliency Exercises
This technique guarantees each litter is raised with a developmentally sound method that will benefit them for life. Feel free to learn more about it here!
Potty Training introduction to young Puppies
We have had years of experience and tried many methods to get the puppies off to the best start in the potty department AND keep them clean & healthy. Although it may be unrealistic to have an eight week old puppy fully potty trained prior to entering his/her furever home & family we do set them up for success here by directing their potty business outside straight from the get-go!
NO! Pups are never taught to potty on pee pads, litter boxes, newspaper or any of the "convenient" methods that hold the puppy back from learning whats natural- doing their business outdoors! This is more work for us, and around the clock care to keep the potty business in the potty area and the sleep/play area sparkling clean (the puppies have their own washing machine and maid-ha!) but its the right way and benefits each puppy and their family tremendously.
YES! using a doggy door here at a tender age is beneficial to any household without one. The concept is simple- puppies begin to potty on their own around 4 weeks of age, they are not able to hold it for any amount of time at this point so we provide them with a sufficient sized inside area just for bedding that has a doggy door leading to a much larger outside area with a potty patch (artificial grass) they are trained to use. Our pups comprehend the concept of going potty outside long before they are capable of letting a human know they need to potty. This is a huge milestone at a tender age and rather than being taught a whole new concept in their new home they only need to be redirected in the appropriate area with your schedule!
Puppies are properly socialized with people, other animals (cats, smaller dogs & even chickens, goats and a bunny) we love all animals here. Puppies get to play outside in the grass & sunshine for several hours per day in good weather- they are not cooped up in a barn, kennel or garage.
A deposit is required to reserve a puppy before welcoming you to our home. We do not have visiting hours or a public facility- our dogs are here with our family in our home. We take the health of each of our dogs & puppies very seriously and would never risk deadly contagious diseases that can be easily (and unknowingly) spread from people into our home. Puppies are protected by their first puppy vaccine at 7 weeks of age and can safely be visited at their 8 week mark.
All details can be found on our website about us, our dogs and our litters to make a solid commitment with confidence- we stand behind our word and each puppy for their lifetime. We do have references available, be sure to check the box on the adoption form to get in contact with a previous adopter or
We use the information provided in your puppy adoption form to best match your family with a puppy. We take sex, color, personality and activity level into consideration. We will present the puppy best matched to you within your litter of choice and send several photos and personality description. Puppies receive their first puppy vaccine and final health check at 7-8 weeks of age prior to allowing any visitation . We combine the (in-person) meeting of your new puppy and going home on the very same day! Our clients have an average 150+ mile (round-trip) travel so this is the optimal option.
We strive for this be a joyous experience for everyone as it truly is a special time for us, your family and your new furry family member. Please feel free to bring the entire family to meet your new puppy but we do ask you leave your other pets at home as it is not the right place for that introduction and not in the best interest of your pets or ours with the risk of illness and stress.
We run a structured breeding program because it works; our ultimate goal is to build a relationship with each family, having each puppy to go to a wonderful family for a lifetime of love.
Puppies are never homed before 8 weeks of age per Ohio law, they need this time for crucial socialization skills with their litter mates and our other pets. By 8 weeks of age they have learned the proper socialization tools from their mommy, litter-mates and myself and have all age appropriate vetting to protect them in their new venture. At this time it is important they get more one on one attention and be introduced to their new family, home and routine. We schedule your puppies tentative pick-up date/time at the time of deposit. This is generally done on a Saturday afternoon within a 1-2 hour time slot closest to the litter turning 8 weeks of age.
We do try to accommodate each clients needs as best as we can and are often able to keep a puppy for a short period of time beyond the scheduled pick-up at 8 weeks of age. This needs to be discussed prior to placing a deposit to ensure it can be accommodated. If applicable he puppy daycare fee for this is $10 per day for all costs associated with the additional stay beyond his/her siblings. Any vaccines required during this time will be administered and added to your balance.
ALL BALANCES ARE DUE IN CASH AT THE TIME OF PICK-UP TO AVOID MONEY SCAMS- no exceptions!
Our puppies are started on Diamond Naturals Large Breed puppy food. The large breed formula controls growth rate for optimal health. We welcome you to choose the brand of puppy food best suited for your preferences & availability and are happy to send home a sample of ours to transition with.
Golden Retriever's do not tend to have sensitive digestion systems or allergies (none of ours have required a particular/special food) and we do not see the need to reccomed a specific brand-there are many great choices!
We feed 3x a day (morning, midday & evening). A feeding chart will be on the back of your food of choice, each brand varies so be sure to check the bag to find the amount needed each day according to your dogs current weight.
Crate- Your puppy will need a space for them to be safe until trained while unsupervised. A 24" size crate will get you through potty training and most of puppy-hood which we are happy to provide that with you puppy adoption as it is an important training tool.
Puppy Essentials- Your puppy will need puppy food a collar, leash, food & water dishes, puppy shampoo, toys of different varieties, training treats & chew bones. Have fun shopping or let us know if you need help picking out the items, happy to do so.
Research- Be sure to research training approaches that will best suit your family & lifestyle. Your puppy will be starting a brand new life away from mama and litter-mates and will need direction from their new family. Training is not always a one-size-fits all technique so be sure to look at all options, keep an open mind and expect lots of mistakes! Looking into puppy obedience classes after vaccines are completed is always a great advantage and highly recommended for anyone that has not previously trained a puppy or are a little rusty ;)
You will get your hard work and dedication back ten-fold from your pooch- that's a promise!
We are located in Mechanicsburg, Ohio 43044
close to Dayton, Columbus & Cincinnati! We do not ship but are happy to invite you here with handshake and a Paw-Five!
Do keep in mind we are not open to the public- this is our home where we are raising a family. You will be provided an appointment for your puppy adoption once the process is started, we are happy to have you visit us and our dogs at that time!
Who are we?
HD Goldens is a small in-home kennel with a big passion for the loving, gentle, loyal nature of Golden Retrievers. Our breeding program is established with passion for the breed, love for the animals and most importantly professionalism and integrity. We strive to provide loving families with the perfect example of the Golden Retriever breed; outstanding in appearance, intelligence and demeanor!
What variety of puppies do we have?
We have equal love for our English Cream, American Gold and Dark Red Golden Retrievers- all with hearts of gold! Although all of the dogs in our breeding program are purebred and AKC certified we do also occasionally plan a litter of Goldendoodles (Golden Retriever + Standard Poodle) for those families that prefer a slightly fluffier version ;)
How are the dogs raised?
Each dog in our program is raised as a loved pet with the proper structure and socialization to be the perfect role model. Endless time & dedication to each dog has granted us the wonderful breeding program we have today. Raising dogs is a lifestyle rather than a hobby, my dogs are my family! Our breeding facility is just a cozy as anyone's home as it is an extension of ours.
Are the puppies purebred?
Absolutely, all breeding parents are purebred quality AKC registered dogs. Each mommy & daddy is a loving, healthy, and happy pet- passing down those great qualities to their offspring. In order to lead my program in a positive & responsible manner puppies do not go home with "papers" allowing them to be registered for breeding. Our puppies are offered as family pets as our waiting list is abundant with family referrals and that's who we aim to please!
How do we know which puppy is best for our family?
Each puppy is personality tested and hand chosen for your family after we get to know a little about you, your preferences, experience and lifestyle. We rarely have a puppy/litter available for you to pick up immediately, instead we plan ahead for a future litter. We take the time to work with your family to find the best fit which is ultimately the best way to welcome a new dog into your family. Through the proper preparation, knowledge and a breeder you feel comfortable with calling a friend you will bring your puppy home with complete confidence. This is not a "pay-the-money and take-the-puppy" experience, each family receives personal attention; we strive to provide a service rather than a sale.
What does my adoption include?
Included with each puppy adoption is a lifetime registered microchip (pre-paid!), a size appropriate training crate that they have been accustomed to, potty training, a grooming session, all information needed to care for them including a suggested routine, vaccination & feeding schedule, and a contract with a lifetime return policy.
Each puppy has all age appropriate vetting-documented and is health checked prior to leaving. We send home a special gift bag personalized to your puppy including a blanket with their mommy & siblings scent on it for your puppy's comfort.
We provide a genuine service, each puppy is raised to the absolute best of standards and we strive to send you home with no questions unanswered. All needed information will be provided during the adoption process and much more will be sent home with you! I try to make the process easy so you do not need to spend your time worrying about questions to ask, I will provide the needed information each step along the way. Weekly photo & progress updates are sent home after your deposit has been applied to a current litter, here is a sample...
Every child needs a doggy to call their own...
Welcome To HD Goldens!